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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2, 5:00 – 6:30 P.M.
Creating Initiatives and a Social Movement around End-of-Life Palliative Care

Session Designer: Jewish Healthcare Foundation

This session will feature national, regional, and local funders who are advancing a social movement designed to improve palliative care for families and communities. The goals are to break through the stigma of end-of-life care, put death back in the hands of the patients, and give people greater control over their care and environment at the end of their lives. In this open-ended discussion, participants will learn about the lasting impact of the investments made to date and the gaps that remain.

Defining Your Niche: Roles for Foundations in Implementing the Affordable Care Act
Session Designer: Missouri Foundation for Health


Health reform implementation has provided foundations across the country a unique opportunity to advance their missions. The goal of this session is to offer funders an in-depth look at both the complex issues surrounding implementation and the variety of strategies that grantmakers can use to help their states and communities respond. Small group discussions will allow session participants ample time to talk about their challenges, lessons learned, and future directions. Key topics will include selecting a funding strategy, securing board approval, communicating with grantees and broader audiences, and developing an evaluation plan.

From Ideas to Implementation: Supporting Healthier Eating and Active Lifestyles
Session Designer: The Horizon Foundation


The United States is in the midst of a national epidemic of obesity, with 33 and 17 percent of adults and children, respectively, affected by the condition. In addition to life-threatening conditions, such as cardiovascular disease and type-2 diabetes, numerous debilitating health problems are associated with obesity. Join us in this session to learn about evidence-based nutrition, physical activity, and healthy lifestyle best practices, and other optimal approaches that grantmakers can use to support positive lifestyle changes that can achieve reductions in obesity.
Health Disparities and Integrative Health Care: Another Path Forward?
Session Designer: Samueli Foundation


Reducing the health disparities between those with and without resources is critical to creating real equity in health care. Complementary and alternative medicine techniques provide opportunities for self-care, culturally appropriate care, and the enhancement of health through low-cost approaches. This session will address current experiences and emerging opportunities in integrative health care research, practice, and policies in closing the gap in health disparities, including examples of safety net services that extensively integrate complementary and alternative medicine.
The Value of Grassroots Prevention Grantmaking

Session Designer: The Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati


If we are to create a healthier future for our children, families, and communities, we have to create places where people have fewer risks and more opportunities to make better choices. Research has shown that prevention can produce significant health care savings, and even small investments in community-level prevention can have substantial returns. Prevention is also a prominent part of health care reform, addresses the social determinants of health, and crosses the lifespan. This interactive session will highlight the value of prevention grants that empower communities and will offer ideas for evaluation, capacity building, and technical support.
When Small Change Isn't Enough: Funder DOs, DON'Ts, and Discussion of Movement Building
Session Designer: Health and Environmental Funders Network


Urgent threats to the health of children, families, and communities often intertwine with complex social and economic forces, cross political and funding jurisdictions, involve long-term chronic problems, and fall hardest on the most vulnerable populations. These threats cannot be eliminated by any single grantmaker. This session will be a candid, facilitated conversation on how to tackle those concerns at an appropriate level of scale; it will impart the motivating energy of funders convinced that investments in movement building yield lasting human and ecological health benefits.




THURSDAY, MARCH 3, 10:15 – 11:45 A.M.
Communities Putting Prevention to Work: Maximizing an Unprecedented Investment
Session Designer: Kaiser Permanente


A growing body of evidence suggests that policy, systems, and environmental changes are effective strategies for improving community health. This session will explore how funders, health departments, community leaders, and nontraditional partners working together can capitalize on opportunities presented by both the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to take such approaches to scale and ensure better health, particularly for those most in need.

Food Policy Councils: Supporting a Unified, Socially Just Food System
Session Designer: Missouri Foundation for Health


The food system plays a central role in the health of our nation. Unfortunately, many people cannot access healthy, nutritious, and affordable food, which in turn undermines health. Food policy councils can connect foundations directly to community needs, drive funding activities, and improve food equity. In this session, three foundations will describe their experience supporting a regional food policy council, addressing food systems change and policy concerns, and identifying the social justice issues involved. The session will also include a simulation demonstrating the diverse partners and purposes for a food policy council.

Giving Voice to Advocacy: The Power of Grassroots Organizing in Shaping Public Policy
Session Designer: Sunflower Foundation


Grassroots advocacy, one of the most effective (and often underused) strategies available to nonprofits, involves organizing, mobilizing, and engaging the public to advocate for themselves. This session will feature a panel of grassroots professionals and foundation representatives who have found success employing grassroots strategies. The panel will share their work, lessons learned, and tips for foundations interested in grassroots advocacy as a capacity building strategy. The session content will be applicable to foundations of all types and will be structured to include information about advocacy and lobbying rules for foundations and their grantees.

Healing the Hurt: Improving the Health of Young Men of Color
Session Designer: The California Endowment


A growing body of research suggests that chronic poverty and exposure to violence in neighborhoods where many black and Hispanic boys live adversely affect their health. This session will focus on how foundations can help nurture healthy communities that reduce health disparities and promote health equity among young men of color. Session participants will gain a clear understanding of the roles health practitioners, government agencies, advocacy organizations, and philanthropy can play in improving health services and outcomes of black and Hispanic boys. Special attention will be paid to hospital-based violence prevention programs that use a trauma-informed approach, as well as to place-based strategies that explore the social and economic factors that place young men of color at risk.

Knowledge Is Power: Using Data to Inspire Action and Improve Community Health
Session Designer: Missouri Foundation for Health


Data can inspire action and create change. This session will explore how foundations can use and share data to support local innovations that lead to improved community health. Participants will learn about newly available data sets from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Community Health Data Initiative, as well as meaningful data use, the value and impact of making data publically available, and the challenges inherent in developing useful data sets and reports. Three funders will share their experiences and lessons learned.

Massachusetts' Children's Mental Health Campaign: How a Coalition and Its Funders Achieved Reform
Session Designer: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation


How can funders and advocates work toward a unified goal? This session will feature an interactive discussion about a mental health reform effort in the Bay State where funders and advocates worked together to achieve a common objective. Funders will learn about the Massachusetts' Children's Mental Health Campaign, how various funders can work together to support a common goal, and how coalitions can be structured to promote collaboration and equitable distribution of funding.

Neighborhoods for Health, Not Hazards: Environmental Health, Land Use, and Local Innovation
Session Designer: Health and Environmental Funders Network


As significant contributors to cancer and respiratory risk in most urban areas, toxic air emissions correlate strongly with other social determinants of health, such as poverty, race, and immigrant status. In Los Angeles, a unique partnership is working to develop a policy solution centered in healthy land use planning. This session will engage participants in learning through a local community mapping exercise, featuring a state-of-the-art research methodology, and will address the role of land use in affecting community health.

What's What in Health Reform: Increasing the Public's Knowledge of the Law
Session Designer: Grantmakers In Health


This session will focus on the range of activities foundations are considering to improve the public's understanding of the health reform law, including efforts to increase the public's knowledge of the benefits of the law, efforts to influence public opinion, and outreach initiatives for the newly eligible.




THURSDAY, MARCH 3, 1:45 – 3:15 P.M.

Building Trust and Effective Partnerships between Funders and American Indian Communities
Session Designer: Maine Health Access Foundation


Health disparities in American Indian and Alaska Native communities are some of the worst in the country. Foundations working in these communities have learned that partnering with Tribal Nations is the best way to address disparities effectively. In this session, national and regional foundations, along with their American Indian and Alaska Native grantee partners, will describe how they have built trusting foundation/tribal partnerships. Through large- and small-group discussions, participants will learn about these partnerships, and will learn about techniques and processes that can be used when working with vulnerable communities in other settings.

Positioning the Safety Net to Address the Challenges and Opportunities of Health Reform
Session Designer: Grantmakers In Health


A wide variety of changes is on the horizon for safety net providers as a result of national reform legislation. This session will examine provisions in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that are related to safety net expansion and workforce development, will explore the longer-term implications of payment and delivery system reform for safety net providers, and will discuss the efforts of health funders to facilitate strategic responses to these opportunities and challenges.
The Power of Messaging: A Case Study on Advancing Water Fluoridation

Session Designer: Pew Center on the States


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has called water fluoridation one of the “Ten Great Public Health Achievements of the 20th Century,” with every dollar spent saving $38 in dental costs. Yet, an increasingly sophisticated group of anti-fluoridation activists has successfully reframed the debate with inaccurate and misleading information. Clearly, citing studies in support of fluoridation is not enough for public health advocates to prevail. In this session, funders will learn how the dynamics of a message can shape the success or failure of a campaign, and about strategies to advance water fluoridation through effective communications.

Saving the Red Sox Nation: On-the-Ground Efforts Creating Healthier Communities
Session Designer: Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation


This session will take a candid look at four community and environmental change projects to advance healthy eating and active living for children and families in New England. Funders from three states will share how their foundations helped create and advance these programs and how they fostered cross-sector collaboration. The strengths and limitations of these grassroots approaches will be explored, as well as current political and fiscal challenges in advancing this work and the potential to influence state and local policy.

Scoring a High-Performance Long-Term Care System: The CLASS Act
Session Designer: Grantmakers In Aging


A significant piece of the health reform legislation recognized that long-term services and supports constitute an integral part of a system of care – the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) Act. In this session, participants will receive an overview of the CLASS Act, discuss a new long-term care state scorecard that can help states measurably improve their system, hear from a provider on the implications of the new law for those on the front lines, and consider what grantmakers can do to help.
Strategizing Systems Change: Improving Outcomes for Marginalized Populations
Session Designer: National AIDS Fund


Increasing access to medical care for the most marginalized populations in the United States is extremely critical in efforts to improve their health outcomes. These populations are often at the crosshairs of multiple health challenges and co-morbidities. During this session, participants will discuss roles grantmakers can play in creating successful, nontraditional community partnerships to best serve these populations. The work of the National AIDS Fund's Positive Change national initiative will be used to demonstrate strategies for bringing together diverse community collaborations and promoting innovative strategies in the fight against HIV.

What's Keeping You Up at Night: Program Staff
Session Designer: Grantmakers In Health


This popular, unstructured session will give foundation program staff an opportunity to talk candidly with their peers about the concerns and challenges facing their work. Program staff from different foundations will start things off with a few key questions, and the conversation will flow from there.




FRIDAY, MARCH 4, 11:15 A.M. - 12:45 P.M.

Advocate? Yes, You Can!

Session Designer: Grantmakers In Health


Public policy engagement is viewed as a mission-critical strategy by an increasing number of health funders, yet some philanthropic organizations remain wary of funding or participating in advocacy activities. This facilitated discussion will explore and provide strategies for overcoming common barriers to advocacy grantmaking, including misconceptions regarding federal and state legal restrictions, board discomfort, and evaluation concerns. Funders will learn about different types of advocacy efforts and approaches in developing both grantee capacity and foundation capacity.

Creating a Core Environmental and Policy Approach to Healthier Communities: Can One Size Fit All?
Session Designer: Samuels and Associates


Learn from one national and three state foundations about their models for improving access to healthy eating and physical activity, and how they built on lessons learned from their work on tobacco prevention. Panelists will discuss an environmental and policy approach as a framework that can be applied to multiple “single issues,” such as tobacco and obesity prevention, to advance a comprehensive effort to create communities that support healthy choices.

New Directions for the Social Determinants of Health: Charting an Alternative Future for Vulnerable Populations
Session Designer: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation


A number of economic and social factors – education, income, occupation, wealth, housing, neighborhood environment, race and ethnicity – have a powerful influence on health. No matter where you sit in our society, people who are better off are in better health. But is this link between social position and health status inevitable? Are there ways to choose and create our preferred future? This session will expose health funders to the cutting-edge thinking of futurists who have been wrestling with the question of what it would take to eliminate or dramatically reduce the vulnerability of members of our society who live shorter and sicker lives because of where they live, learn, work, or play.

Partnering with Government on Implementation: The Why and How
Session Designer: Grantmakers In Health


This session will highlight how foundations are partnering with state and local government on health reform implementation, as well as provide information to help foundations determine the level of partnership with government that fits with their philosophy and approach.

Responsible Fatherhood Initiatives: Building Strong Families and Communities
Session Designer: South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families


In terms of health and health care issues, low-income men are often one of the most vulnerable populations. With little to no safety net available, these men may be unable to provide for themselves and their families. Fortunately, a national movement to promote responsible fatherhood has been on the rise since the late 1990s. This session will offer an overview of the public health implications of low-income men's health; the linkages between their health and the ability to develop and maintain healthy families; key components and strategies for engaging hard-to-reach fathers through the National Fatherhood Movement; and opportunities for grantmakers to support policies and programs focused on promoting men's health.

Transforming School Food Environments: Movement Building to Advocate Changes
Session Designer: W.K. Kellogg Foundation


Today's children and adolescents face unprecedented rates of obesity, which increase the risk of chronic diseases that can follow them into adulthood. Transforming school environments to support good nutrition offers one strategy to target this epidemic. Join us in this session to learn about the W.K. Kellogg Foundation's Food and Community program, which is building and supporting the movement to transform school food environments. Participants will learn about strategies to facilitate community engagement and youth activism in transforming these environments, and will identify opportunities, entry points, and movement-building efforts to create and advance change efforts within schools.

What's Keeping You Up at Night: CEOs
Session Designer: Grantmakers In Health


This popular, unstructured session will give foundation CEOs an opportunity to talk candidly with their peers about the concerns and challenges facing their work. Foundation leaders will start things off with a few key questions, and the conversation will flow from there.

What's Keeping You Up at Night: Trustees
Session Designer: Grantmakers In Health


This popular, unstructured session will give foundation trustees an opportunity to talk candidly with their peers about the concerns and challenges facing their work. A few trustees will start things off with a few key questions, and the conversation will flow from there.
















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